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Clay brick

Clay brick

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    206 BC - 220 AD (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Clay

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W. L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:

    A.28-1953

  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 15

This brick is decorated with a stamped design of geometric motifs and standing figures, and captions describing them as officials in charge of guarding the tomb doors. It was part of the doorway of a grave. During the Han dynasty (206 BC- AD 220) the structure of burial sites was intended to mimic the architectural elements of a house, such as pillars, rafters, doorways or tile ends. This brick was made of four slabs of baked clay, with openings at both ends; traces of clay used to strengthen the interior and fingerprints are still visible.

Physical description

Clay brick with stamped design of boars and tigers. It was part of the doorway of a tomb.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

206 BC - 220 AD (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Clay

Dimensions

Length: 120 cm

Descriptive line

Clay brick, China, Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

Materials

Clay

Techniques

Stamped

Subjects depicted

Tiger (animal); Boar

Categories

ELISE; Archaeology; Death

Collection

East Asia Collection

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